LandUnderPressure

LandUnderPressure

Promoter: Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Partners:
  • Instituto Politécnico de Bragança
  • The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland

EEA Grants: 252 534,70 €

Total Amount: 297 099,65 €

Grace Code: PT-ENVIRONMENT-0058

Programme:

The objective of LandUnderPressure is to contribute to avoid, mitigate and restore land under pressure to combat desertification and increase resilience to climate change in the
montado. It will focus on montado agroforestry and extensive pasture systems, dominated by cork and/or holm oaks at two scales: i) regional scale that includes the priority areas B in
the call for proposals (2x106ha covering Évora, Faro and hinterland of Beja districts) and ii) farm scale where a 90 ha restoration pilot project will be implemented and monitored,
located at Herdade da Coitadinha (HC), within the priority parish of Barrancos.

Both the selected farm and most of the regional area are integrated in LTsER Montado platform, an international network of LTER (Long Term Ecological Research), bringing together
researchers who are dedicated to collecting, making available, and analyzing long-term ecological and socio-ecological research data in specific locations, thus assuring the long-term sustainability of this project and actions. The pilot project will be developed at HC, which is dominated by holm oak montado, managed to multi-uses including fattening black pigs, cattle grazing, hunting, and eco-tourism. This property is in the semiarid of Portugal, being very susceptible to desertification and land degradation. HC is included in two Natura2000 sites (PTCON0053 and PTZPE0045), with three overlapping priority habitats (6220, 92A0, 92D0). HC management is committed to sustainable management, promoting the regeneration of holm oaks and increasing acorn production.